There is the bunny tracks, then the tracks that follow it.
There is blood on the snow, just a little.
The bear tracks that morning.
We see a pair of feline tracks and those tracks go up almost every driveway in the cove–GMR calls it our “Security Cat” of the cove. We laugh.
Deer leave delicate musings.
A soft white feather is frozen; it looks like a strange snowflake, it’s feather tips pointing to a blazing blue sky full of crystals.
Our tracks – big ones, smaller ones, doggie ones.
Fat lazy Labrador paw and snout tracks here, there, here there, here there, here there.
Some of the tracks disappear over the edge and towards the creek where the water is cold and icy. Some disappear and maybe forever.
We pause at human prints. Who? Who is walking in our cove? Go Home, we sometimes say, even though we know we shouldn’t. If the tourist is loud and leaves lights blaring, we glare at their footprints. If the tourist is respectful of our mountain quiet and dark, we fondly say, “Oh, look, they took a walk.” Sometimes there is a commotion in the snow – dogs or children or adults playing, rough-housing, having the time of their lives –maybe up from Florida – waking astounded by snow snow snow!
Sometimes, the tracks are unknown – we peer at them closely…what is that? That’s feline, but large, or, that’s canine and large and hungry and hunting.
Once, half a rabbit – luckily the upper half. We hurried on, sure we’d interrupted something’s meal. We imagined eyes watching, waiting for us to move on…hurry…hurry.
A leaf frozen in a cup with a tiny frozen lake inside for tiny unseen skaters to fly upon.
One perfect snowflake with all its points showing upon Fat Lazy Labrador Jake’s black coat.
A headless snowman the tourists’ kids fashioned and then abandoned for Florida’s sand sculptures.
A shiver of pleasure – the cold is not so bad. the cold clears the head. the cold is a part of the mountain winter. the cold brings snow and fireplace fires and hot chocolate and mittens on grown women and scarfs flying behind as multi-colored flags and furry boots and breath that can be seen and it is good.
Icicles pearl on branch.
Ice sculpture at the drainage pipe -making the ugly breathtaking.
Our tracks lead home to the little log house. We were THERE they say…and there! Our tracks announce our walk. Our tracks fall away and then lead back.
one tiny set of tracks hurries to safety.
Security Cat knows all.